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If you're an artist that would like me to check out your stuff or if you would just like to share some music with me, please feel free to send any files or links to waxramble AT gmail.com .
While I can't promise to write about everything I receive, I will definitely share my thoughts about any music that I am really enjoying a lot
Category Archives: Album
Cool “unboxing” video for the vinyl copy of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories which releases next Tuesday. The album is currently being streamed on iTunes for free and I must say that this record really does meet the incredible hype it has received over the last few months. I imagine that this will be very high on my favorite releases of year. Fantastic album, my favorite track from this one so far is “Touch” with Paul Williams (absolutely incredible song). Check out the free stream while you can if you aren’t sure about it for some reason, it’s definitely worth checking out. Ordered my copy on wax tonight from Amazon, looking forward to listening to it next week.
Earlier this month I shared some tracks from my buddy Avant-Garde’s new album Pigeon. Happy to say that the full project is finally out today. I’ve listened to this a few times now since getting an advance last week and I have to say that it really turned out great. Avant-Garde is always nice on the mic and I’m digging all of the production choices too. Really hoping that this will get some exposure as it’s definitely worth a listen.
You can listen to the full album above. If you like what you hear, it’d be awesome to throw a few bucks the dude’s way too over on Bandcamp. The album can be downloaded here for any price (including free if you’re being cheap…)
Below is an interview with Avant-Garde from the folks over at EveryDeJaVu:
Earlier today the Quasimoto Facebook page hinted at the following: “Now playing — Quasimoto “Yessir Whatever” LP test press”. Shortly after a post to Instagram showed a test pressing which you can see above.
Many around the internet have been incredibly excited about this, most thinking a new Quasimoto album is in the works. When I was at work I was getting excited about the idea myself. After coming home though I looked at the test pressing photo a little more closely and noticed that they already had a catalog number posted which is “STH 2326″. A quick search on Google has found that rather than a new album, Yessir Whatever will be a compilation of harder to find tracks from various sources and maybe some unreleased material (Here is the screenshot for evidence of this). The track list can be seen below and I’ve linked to where info can be found for each song (Stones Throw can be nazis about songs online so not all can be heard here):
1. Broad Factor
2. Seasons Change
3. The Front
6. Planned Attack
7. Brothers Can not See Me
8. Catchin ‘the Vibe
9. Am I Confused?
10. Sparkdala (Original Version)
11. Green Power (Original Version)
12. LAX to JFK
It’s too bad but I guess a new Quasimoto album was too good to be true. It will be nice to have a release with some of these tracks though since a lot of folks might not have heard this material before. The fact that this was said to be coming out in June 2013 makes a lot more sense given this new info. A thread over at STMB from back in November also mentioned the possible release of a Quasimoto compilation.
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Earlier last week someone posted the shaky cam video from the teaser shown at Coachella and everyone around the internet (including myself) has gotten even more excited about the new Daft Punk album that is releasing next month. Like the teaser for the song that was put out last month, the longer ad featuring Pharrell and Nile Rodgers was played on last night’s Saturday Night Live. It’s nice to finally see a high quality version of the video.
The song is really really good, it’s just too bad that we haven’t gotten anymore of it than this (it’s so short I have to keep playing it over and over again). I’m also digging the style of everything associated with this record so far like the album art, the stylized lettering of the album’s title, and just the way everything looks in the video above really. Right now I’d have to say that Random Access Memories and Danny Brown’s Old are two of my most anticipated releases of the year so far. Can’t wait for next month!
Fantastic mix with every sample from Madvillainy presented by Hip Hop Is Read. Listening to this all the way through with the samples put together in order by each song is quite an experience! You’ll always see lists with all of these samples for classic albums but it’s really cool that someone took the effort to put it all together for everyone to listen to all the way through. If you’re feeling this, go ahead and follow @IvanRott. Looks like he’s covered a lot of other classics with sample mixes of their own, check it out over here.
Spotted this over on Paul White’s Facebook, very happy to see he’ll be working with Danny Brown on his new album OLD. Danny confirmed this late last year, but it’s a bit surprising to me to see how many tracks might actually make it on to the full record this time around (Paul White had three beats on XXX and Danny did a song on Rapping with Paul White).
I’ve been a big fan of Paul White for awhile now and it’s always awesome to hear some new stuff coming from him. Fields on XXX is definitely up there as one of my favorite Danny Brown songs, check it out in the player below:
It’s been months since posting over here, but I thought I’d write something up for an amazing present I got recently from someone very special to me. Back in November it was announced that Donuts would be re-released as a 7 inch box set and at the time I wasn’t really sure what to think about it. I’ve listened to the album a billion times and it’s probably one of my favorites albums ever made, but I was ready to sleep on it since I already have the original 2LP and was just going to buy the updated cover version of it. I also figured I’d be able to grab it pretty easily when it was released last month if I wanted to…
I am so happy that I have someone that was thinking with way more sense than I have (she’s never wrong!). I got a really cool Christmas card and inside she let me know what was on the way. I was very excited about this as even before receiving it I would put it right up there in top three presents I have ever received (and the first time I have ever gotten wax as a gift!). It arrived in the mail a few weeks ago and it’s incredible. It’s now sold out everywhere and on eBay for $100+, so I’m especially fortunate I have someone looking out for me!
As you can see in the photos above, the package they put together is really great. Better than that though, it sounds amazing. Jeff Jank mentioned over on STMB that this set sounds a little better than the LP version and after listening to the whole thing a few times I think I’d have to agree. It might also help that I’m using my new turntable setup which includes a nice Pro-Ject Debut Carbon + awesome Audio-Technica ATH-M50s (I will show this off eventually…). This is easily the best Donuts has ever sounded to me and this release just reinforces how truly important and amazing it was when it first came out. It definitely deserves every 10 it receives.
Thank you again Brooke! Every time I hear this album now I will think of you
Here’s a cool video they made using all the records from the set by the way:
Click the images below for full resolution!
Update: Talked with UGHH.com and they were cool enough to send me the missing record! I’d suggest talking to the place you purchased the album from first to see if they can help, but if that doesn’t work out shoot an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A friend of mine let me know about this album earlier last week and since then I’ve probably listened to the MP3 version almost a dozen times. After the first or second listen I immediately went over to UGHH.com to grab a copy on wax (mainly to take advantage of their half off any shipping deal. Cheap Priority Mail is great!). Showed up in the mail today and I quickly opened it and put it on the turntable. Listened to both sides a couple times before moving on to the next record. I put it on without looking at the label and I soon realized I was listening to the same music from the first one. Finally realized that I had received two records with the Autumn and Spring songs…
I’m writing this post here for a few reasons. The first is to share this issue with others who have purchased it already or may be thinking about grabbing it. I imagine it might be helpful if it does pop up on Google for some people. The second is so that UGHH (where I bought it), Fat Beats (who distributes it), and Mello Music Group (the record label) can take a look into this. Reaching out to them on Twitter and will be sending an e-mail. I’m hoping that I can get the other half of this fantastic album!
Below are a few more photos! I will be sure to put any updates on this post so that others who may have this issue will be able to see and maybe get this issue fixed as well.
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Couple of videos from Brother Ali’s Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. I posted a new track that won’t be appearing on the release a few weeks ago, happy to see the Brother Ali/Jake One combo is still very solid on the tracks that are appearing on the album. The title track in particular can be seen as controversial to some considering how heavy the material he is covering here, particularly with lines such as “It’s a very thin line between a soldier and a terrorist”. Ali posted an insightful explanation of some of these lyrics and the song over on Rap Genius. If you do have a problem with the song on the first listen, I would strongly suggest listening to him explain what he is talking about. Brother Ali does not hate this country or our people, he is only critical to the way in which violence and corruption is consuming both our own society and the rest of the world. This is largely a result of our leaders failing us each and every day. In the spoiler below you can read another explanation of the song that can be found on the video’s description on Youtube.
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After watching the video I was curious as to what Brother Ali’s thoughts on Obama’s first term were. Back in 2008 Ali was happy to hear that Obama was going to be our President. Four years later and all the talk of hope and change seem to have faded away. We are still at war, continuing to kill innocent civilians in the Middle East. Gitmo is still open and can now lock up whoever they like, whether they are stolen away from their native country or the USA. The Patriot Act has not been removed, but instead extended. Our economy is still in the shitter. Many people, including myself fail to see the difference between Bush-era politics and those of President Obama.
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Brother Ali was recently interviewed by Vibe on this subject and he seems to be mixed on whether or not blame should be placed on Obama for the continued injustices by our government. I appreciate that he’s willing to at least see the point of view and consider it, but I feel that he should be more vocal on the subject if he wishes to remain consistent with the messages that he has continued to present to listeners in his music. I do agree with him that voting isn’t going to get it at this point, that there is no impact when both candidates will continue to give us the same exact thing. Going out there and making your own impact is a good thought from Ali.
The video for Only Life I Know also came out today. This one is a lot less heavy than the first video, but it’s still a great reflection of the times many Americans are going through these days. A video with an explanation for this song can be seen here.
Mourning in America and Dreaming of Color is sounding like it will be a fantastic release. The album drops on September 18th, this is one I think I’m going to have to grab day one.
Picked up a copy of David McCallum’s Music: A Bit More of Me on eBay and was surprised to see this photo sheet included. They are almost like baseball cards which is pretty neat. The “David McCallum In Action” bit made me laugh. Bought this mainly for the classic sample, but there are some other good songs on here too.
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